Definition of tidy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtaɪdi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaɪdi//
    (tidier, tidiest)
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  1. 1  (especially British English) arranged neatly and with everything in order a tidy desk She keeps her flat very tidy. I like everything to be neat and tidy. opposite untidy
  2. 2  (especially British English) keeping things neat and in order I'm a tidy person. tidy habits opposite untidy
  3. 3[only before noun] (informal) a tidy amount of money is fairly large synonym considerable It must have cost a tidy sum. a tidy profit
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from the noun tide + -y. The original meaning was ‘timely, opportune’; it later had various senses expressing approval, usually of a person, including ‘attractive’, ‘healthy’, and ‘skilful’; the sense ‘orderly, neat’ dates from the early 18th cent.Extra examples It was a neatly furnished and immaculately tidy room. The living room is fairly tidy. Why does nothing ever stay tidy around here? Even young children can be taught tidy habits. He is obsessively tidy. I’m not a very tidy person. She admired the incredibly tidy garden. Someone needs to keep the place tidy. The room was clean and tidy.
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